By Steve Kim
Last seen, Nonito Donaire was conclusively defeated in six rounds by Nicholas Walters on October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California for the WBA featherweight title. There is discussion that his return will come on March 8th in Macau at the Venetian Resort.
"We talked about it, that's probably the best place for it. We're gonna see,"said Donaire's manager, Cameron Dunkin to BoxingScene.com on Friday morning.
Dunkin confirmed that 'the Filipino Flash' will be moving back down to 122-pounds, where he held multiple belts before being out-boxed by Guillermo Rigondeaux in April of 2013.
This card in Macau is scheduled to be headlined by two-time Olympic gold medal winner Zou Shiming who attempts to win his first major world title in just his seventh pro outing versus IBF flyweight beltholder Amnat Ruenroeng.
It's a pivotal time for Donaire, who is now 32 and has a mark of 33-3 (21 KO's). It was just two years ago in 2012 where he was named 'Fighter of the Year' but since then has struggled in going 2-2 in his last four contests. While he's faced blue-chip talent such as Rigondeaux and Walters, he also struggled mightily against a faded Vic Darchinyan last November and had a dubious technical decision victory over Simpiwe Vetyeka this past May.
This upcoming bout will be more of a tune-up type of fight coming off his KO loss.
''We don't want to fight any killers," admitted Dunkin.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com